By Steve Chaconas
Last week's FLW Rayovac pro bass tournament showed there are fish to be caught on just about every lure if the conditions are just right!
Water is in the mid 70s and clearing up nicely! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Partly cloudy all week with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Look for showers or thunderstorms later in the day Wednesday into the weekend. Overnight lows around 70.”
A falling morning tide could provide good topwater action until the sun comes up...unless there is matted grass. In the open water, try Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers in light color patterns on 12-pound test GAMMA Copoly. Over matted grass, go to a hollow bodied Mann's Super Frog on 60-pound test GAMMA Torque braid. White with sun, black with clouds.
As the topwater bite fades, try swim jigs, chatterbaits and swim baits. Use Mann's 3/8 ounce Stone Jigs. Cut a few fibers out of the weed guard. Add small craw trailers to match or contrast with a craw pattern skirt. Same for the chatterbaits. Try switching colors to white or shad patterns. Secure the trailers in place with Pro’s Soft Bait glue. Use a Mustad 1/8-ounce swim bait hook on a 4 1/2 Mann's HardNose SwimShad. Try these white baits with a black or blue back over grass. Vary speed and presentation until bites occur. Use 16-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon for these and the pitching jigs. Pitch jigs and soft plastics to pad edges and docks on incoming tides.
While on higher tides try a fire tiger Mann's Baby 1-Minus and when the tides are almost full, try a shad colored Lucky Craft BDS4 crankbaits into grass and snapped upward. Use 16-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line.